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Macular degeneration


Dr. Michael J. Dunn, Optometrist

The Family Vision Center

2704 82nd Street

Lubbock, Texas 79423


 Copy right Michael J. Dunn, O.D. Jan. 2008

 You and Macular Degeneration

The Facts:

1. 33% of the population 70 years of age or older will   develop macular degeneration.

 2. 70% of the population is “not familiar at all with what macular degeneration is.”

 3. 75% of the population does not know that there are treatments for macular degeneration.

4. Most people with macular degeneration don’t know that they can be helped to see

    better with low vision aids.


  What is Macular Degeneration?


The macula is a spot about the size of the end of a ballpoint pen directly back in each of y

our eyes. It is the one area of the eye that gives us our sharp center vision.  All of t

he area surrounding that one tiny spot is for motion and shape.  Macular degeneration i

s a breakdown of circulation to the macular and as circulation begins to breakdown the

macular loses nutrition causing the cells that give us fine detail (the 20/20 line) to be

damaged.  There are two main types of macular degeneration.  There is wet macular

degeneration, and there is dry macular degeneration.  Wet macular degeneration is

caused when fluid leaks out of the blood vessels near the macula causing pools of blood

or liquids damaging the macula.   With dry macular degeneration the circulation has

gradually been shut off to the macular starving it for nutrition.


Factors That Increase the Risk of Macular Degeneration


  •      Smoking
  •      Excessive sun light
  •      Insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables
  •      High fat diet
  •      Over 60 years of age
  •      Family History of macular degeneration
  •      Light colored eyes
  •      Cardiovascular disease
  •      Excess near or far sightedness
  •      Eye surgery, especially cataract surgery
  •      Diabetes
  •      High blood pressure


Treatment for Wet Macular Degeneration

 There are three main treatments for wet macular degeneration: laser treatments,

Visudyne, and injections into the eye.


Treatment for Dry Macular Degeneration




  • ·     Good--Bananas, oranges, dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, fish, olive oil 


  • ·     Bad—Beef, Pork, Poultry, fried foods, margarines and foods that contain trans-fatty 
  • acids,   pastries, and processed sugar


  • ·     Supplements—Vitamin A (not for smokers), E, C, magnesium, manganese, selenium,            zinc, lutein, Omega 3 fish oil, and
  • ·     flax seed oil (for women only)


Eye Health vs. Eye Sight

 When working with macular degeneration, many people confuse eye health with eyesight. 

The condition of macular degeneration involves eye health, while eyesight is related to how

we see the objects around us.  We work with many people who have been told that no f

urther treatment can be given for their eye health.  I explain to them that this does not mean

that nothing can be done for their eyesight.  When glasses are not enough help, we can

switch from glasses to low vision aids.  Low vision aids, range from handheld magnifiers l

ike the kind that Sherlock Holmes would use to electronic visors that can be adjusted for

brightness and magnification.  In this range of instruments, we can usually find a low

vision aids that will do the vision tasks that the patient desires.


Types of Low Vision Aids

 Two main uses for low vision aids:


Distance low vision aids are used for distance tasks such as driving, television, movies,

faces at church, and grocery store aisle markers. Near low vision aids are used for such

tasks as reading, handwork, writing checks, and doing crossword puzzles.


There are two main categories of low vision aids:

Handheld and head mounted


There are two main types of low vision aids:

Low vision aids that use optical lenses and low vision aids that use electronic lenses.


Which low vision aid is best for you?


We determine the best low vision aid for you by looking at the remaining vision that you

have, the particular tasks that you want to do, your physical condition, and any financial

imitations that you might have.


Please feel free to contact

Dr. Michael J. Dunn, O.D. if you have questions or need assistance with your vision.


Phone 806-745-2222

Fax 806-745-5486

e-mail [email protected]

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